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    European Commission kicks off review of pharmaceutical legislation

    As part of its broader pharmaceutical strategy, the European Commission on Tuesday released a roadmap for its planned revision of the EU’s aging pharmaceutical legislation next year.   The Commission adopted its pharmaceutical strategy last November following a public consultation earlier in the year. “[The strategy] is intended to make the European pharmaceutical system patient-centered, future-proof and crisis-resistant,” the Commission writes. (RELATED: European C...
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    European Commission tightens requirements for duplicate MAAs

    The European Commission earlier this month issued an updated notice detailing how it handles duplicate marketing authorization applications (MAAs) for pharmaceuticals and biologics, three years after launching a targeted consultation on the practice.   While the notice still foresees an increase in the number of requests for duplicate MAAs, the Commission has closed off the ability of companies to request duplicate MAAs solely to introduce a first generic to their own ...
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    EC advances amendment to speed adapted COVID vaccines

    The European Commission on Wednesday advanced a delegated regulation that would give the European Medicines Agency (EMA) the authority to more quickly authorize COVID-19 vaccines that have been adapted to address variants of the virus.   “We are enabling EMA to fast-track regulatory approval of updated vaccines to tackle new variants. Faster approval means more vaccines in circulation and more Europeans protected from the virus,” said European Commission President Ursu...
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    MDCG issues guidance on Eudamed alternatives

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) last week issued guidance on administrative practices and alternative technical solutions on the application of certain Medical Device Regulation (MDR) provisions in the absence of a fully functional Eudamed system.   While the first of six Eudamed modules was made available late last year, the remaining modules are expected to be rolled out by the database’s May 2022 date of application. Some modules, ...
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    EU regulators expand use of remote source data verification in clinical trials

    The latest update to the European Commission and European Medicines Agency’s guidance on managing clinical trials conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic expands the use and scope of remote source data verification (rSDV) in clinical trials.   Previous versions of the guidance envisioned that rSDV would “only be considered necessary for very few trials” involving the treatment or prevention of COVID-19, “Or in the final data cleaning steps before database lock in pivota...
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    EMA nominates executive director to replace Rasi

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Management Board on Thursday nominated Emer Cooke from a short list of candidates to succeed Guido Rasi as the agency’s next executive director.   Rasi, whose second term as EMA executive director ends on 15 November, served as Executive Director from 2011-2014 before being forced to step down after the European Union Civil Service Tribunal annulled his appointment. (RELATED: Rasi returns to head EMA for five-year term , Regula...
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    BSI UK Becomes Second NB Designated Under IVDR

    The European Commission on Monday updated its NANDO database to include BSI Assurance UK Ltd as the second notified body (NB) designated under the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR). BSI said it is the first NB to achieve full scope designation, which covers all devices for IVDR. "This includes several new categories of devices with specific characteristics that were not covered by the In Vitro Diagnostics Directive [IVDD] such as cancer tests, genetic tests, physiol...
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    MDR/IVDR Guidance: MDCG Explains What’s Coming

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) on Friday unveiled its plans for releasing almost 50 future guidance documents related to the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR), with the bulk of the new guidance coming on the oversight of notified bodies (NBs) and clinical investigations and evaluation (CIE). The list also notes that much of the guidance will be endorsed by the MDCG later this year or in 202...
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    EC Publishes New Guidelines on Good Clinical Practices for ATMPs

    Thanks to a 2007 regulation on advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), the European Commission (EC) on Wednesday released new guidelines on the good clinical practice (GCP) requirements for these complex and innovative products that can include gene and cell therapies. The 15-page guidelines discuss clinical trial design, non-clinical studies, quality of the investigational ATMPs, the safe conduct of the clinical trial, upstream interventions on subjects and admini...
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    Classifying Software Under MDR, IVDR: New Guidance From MDCG

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) on Friday released guidance to help medical software manufacturers understand the criteria for the qualification of software under the new EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR). The guidance discusses certain types of software that would be classified under MDR or IVDR, such as software that can directly control a (hardware) medical device (e.g. radiotherapy treatm...
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    MDR Guidance Addresses Transitional Provisions

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) on Friday released guidance to further explain Article 120(2) of the EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR), which says that certificates issued in accordance with the previous device directives will remain valid until 27 May 2024. The MDCG notes that Article 120(3) of MDR establishes that the notified body that issued a device certificate continues to be responsible for the appropriate device surveillance ...
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    EC Offers MDR Guidance on New Safety and Clinical Performance Summary

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group recently released guidance to help manufacturers create a new summary of safety and clinical performance (SSCP), as required by the EU’s Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) for implantable devices and for class III devices that are not custom-made or investigational. The SSCP, which will be validated by a notified body (NB) and made publicly available via the EU database on devices known as Eudamed, is expected to...